Crockpot Pork Tenderloin

While grocery shopping last week, Jeremiah and I took advantage of some meat sales at Hen House. Pork loins were on sale for $3.99 lb. Normally, I cover the pork loin in herbs and wrap it in bacon. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any bacon in the freezer so I needed to come up with a new recipe. We had all the ingredients to make this recipe so it was the winner. It turned out amazing. The pork fell apart and the glaze was sweet but not too sweet. We will definitely make it again. I served this recipe with my Maple Glazed Carrots.

Crockpot Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin by Melissa Bossler
img_00601 tsp. ground sage
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed
½ c. water
2 lb. pork tenderloin

Sauce
½ c. brown sugar
1 T. cornstarch
¼ c. balsamic vinegar
½ c. water
2 T. soy sauce

Pour a ½ c. water into a Crockpot. Then, rub pork loin with seasonings. Cook for 5 hours on low. Then, mix sauce ingredients and cook over a medium heat for 4 minutes to thicken. Baste pork loin 2-3 times over one more hour of cooking.

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Cinnamon Vinaigrette

Last year, I had a chance to judge Harvesters AmeriCorps Members’ Lunch Challenge. This activity is an event kind of like one of those Food Network chef shows but for people learning to create a nutritious meal on a budget. They are given a mystery pantry bag of groceries and a handful of seasonings. Then, they can purchase items from a grocery store. But wait, your goal is to feed everyone in your group for less than a $1.50 per person (the max benefit for person receiving SNAP – former called food stamps).

I’m not a salad person. You will never find me go to a restaurant and order a salad. But when I sampled this romaine lettuce and apple salad with a cinnamon flavored dressing, I wanted more. I asked the team how they made it but I couldn’t get an exact recipe. Below is my recreation. Although I am not 100% sure it is the same – it does taste good.

I served this recipe over romaine lettuce and chopped honey crisp apples. You could probably add croutons, feta, and nuts to your salad and it would still taste delicious.

Cinnamon Vinaigrette Cinnamon Vinaigrette by Amber Bourek
¼ c. Balsamic vinaigrette
½ c. honey
½ c. water (may need to add a little more to thin honey)
cinnamon to taste

Mix ingredients and pour over salad.

Note: I did not peal the apples but my boyfriend thinks it would be good that way as well.